Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
February 2004
February 3, 2004

Nelson Daniels
Tim Cross
Marion Simon
Ross Love
Jimmy Henning
Ed Jones
Roger Crickenberger
Louie Rivers, Jr.
Paul Mask
Joan Dusky
Carrie Castle
John Hisman
John Pace
Julie Sexton
Charlie Stallings

Correction from Minutes of the previous conference call - correct the notes to read that Tim Cross, Jimmy Henning, Louie Rivers, Jr. and Ross Love are not on the CCEP committee, but reported and discussed CCEP in the absence of Joan Dusky, Committee member.Joan Dusky lead the discussion of CCEP. We are not locked into the topics. We realize that agriculture is a problem. Our goal is to get the first and second levels completed and refine it later. It needs to be dynamic. Jimmy Henning said that it must be dynamic due to differences in states. Jimmy also has some information that is ready for CCEP from the University of Kentucky Animal Science Department. Nelson Daniels and Tim Cross lead the discussion of the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 26-28. Tim discussed the plans for the meeting with the North Central Region to have the lead. There is to be an online response tool for the agenda with the North Central Region to augment the initiatives and directives of needed agendas and to prioritize the agendas. Tim reported that the plans are being finalized. Two-thirds of the time is expected to be on national initiatives. Tim reported that most of the meeting will be at NASLGC. Louie Rivers, Joan Dusky, Ross Love, Roger Crickenberger, and Jimmy Henning joined into planning the logistical details of the meeting including agenda/time schedules,
registration fees (agreed to increase the fee by $25), and online and e-mail notices.Roger Crickenberger reported on his discussion of issues with Dan Smith. Their goals are:

  1. To seek to strengthen the relationship with agencies
  2. Seek USDA-CSREES to interact with other agencies better.

He questions that this is enough. Tim Cross discussed the need for CSREES and EPA to collaborate on pesticide certification. Roger agreed that the agencies need to talk among themselves first. Tim indicated that Carl Hamilton, FAS, is to address agency cooperation. This may not be enough (Roger Crickenberger and Tim Cross were to work with Ron Brown on a White Paper concerning the need for knowledgeable USDA-CSREES National Program Leaders in all program areas. This is to be presented by Tim at the National ANR meeting in April). Louie Rivers asked about the status of the White Paper and stated that we need it by the Washington meeting. Tim agreed to work with the North Central Region and Ron Brown in preparing the paper.Joan Dusky returned the discussion to CCEP . The deadlines were missed because the initiatives were too complex to get them right in the beginning. There are now changes in the taxonomies. She suggests that we cover the basics, then work on the details and modules that we can complete in a timely manner. Ross Love submitted a detailed Soils program in December. Joan suggests that we have the teams in place by December and that we have the "big stuff" in Animal Sciences and Forages completed but to leave the details until later. Jimmy Henning agreed. Joan reiterated that the first, second, and third levels should be developed and then identify people to do the modules. Ross and Joan discussed what will be targeted for August 2004. The discussion including expanding the group of people to try to be more comprehensive. They can determine:

  1. What needs to be in the course
  2. What agents need to know.

Joan recommended that we need to get started with the basics and then look at the details. Roger Crickenberger half agreed that this because it is how we think, but pointed out that it is a flagrant discrepancy in curriculum development. Joan agreed. We have not identified one competancy level, now the system is designed by the topic. It is time to start and move on. We
need to use Soils as a basis. Jimmy Henning recommended to focus on Soils and Agronomy and to stay within a consistent framework. Joan agreed that we can do that. The consensus was to refresh everyone on how to approach the information and to send it out with the new deadlines. Carrie Castle agreed. Roger did not see that the curriculums addressed homeland security. This was dismissed as an issue for now.

Roger Crickenberger discussed the SARE curriculum development process and how that process has moved across the region. Geoff Vendor, Clemson University, has developed 6-7 modules on sustainable agriculture. They are to be sent to Joan. Joan ended her participation here.Tim Cross said there was no report from the Agroforestry Working Group.Nelson Daniels asked Ross Love about the Region 4 EPA Liaison position. Ross indicated that it has not been filled. Roger Crickenberger ointed out that two EPA regions cross the Southern Region. Ross Love and Louie Rivers discussed the number of meetings that a member of this organization can missed before being removed and/ or reinstated. Roger Crickenberger discussed multi-state funded fresh and processed fruit and vegetable safety projects. The states that were previously funded were listed. He recommended that further information should be pursued. No 1890's were participants.Jimmy Henning recommended another conference call prior to the Washington, D.C. meeting. The next quarterly meeting to be scheduled for March 10, 10:30 a.m. CT.Roger Crickenberger announced that he is leaving his current ANR program leader position for a new position in the Agricultural Research office. He was commended for his valuable contributions to ANR program leadership and to this organization.

Meeting adjourned.